Unit of Competency RIIWHS204D Work Safety at Heights
Risks must be managed if a person could fall less than 3 metres (housing construction), 2 metres (other Construction) or if work is on a roof pitch not more than 26 degrees. Hazards that may present a risk from a fall include:
- Vertical reinforcing steel, the edge of a rubbish skip, a picket fence, or a stack of bricks below workers.
- Unsheeted floor bearers and joists 2 metres below workers.
- Work on a brittle roof
Causes of falls:
There are many reasons why workers fall from heights, here are the most common;
- Incorrect use of ladders and scaffold,
- Slippery surface (weather)
- Poor housekeeping,
- Unprotected edges,
- Working near open holes,
- Insufficient level of training and fitness,
- Lack of supervision and
- Incorrect use of PPE
Whether you have previous experience or not Ag Training’s trainers work with you to deliver the best possible result.
This unit covers working safely at heights in resources and infrastructure industries, and includes:
- Identifying the work requirements
- Work procedures and instructions for the task
- Accessing and installing equipment
- Performing work at heights
- Cleaning up the work area
Successful trainees receive a Statement of Attainment and a Statement of Attainment card (see example below) to carry in your wallet.
8:00am – 4:00pm
- Access, interpret and apply compliance documentation relevant to working safely at heights
- Identify the scope of the task.
- Carry out OHS requirements associated with working safely at heights, and the workplace environment throughout the work.
- Inspect site to determine layout and physical condition, condition of structures, prevailing weather conditions, equipment requirements and potential hazards.
- Identify and document scope of the task and proposed work practices/activities.
- Identify, select and check safety equipment for serviceability, Identify, manage and report potential risks and hazards.
- Select materials, tools and equipment, including personal safety equipment, and check for serviceability Inspect/install fall protection and perimeter protection equipment ensuring adequacy for work and conformance to regulatory requirements Identify approved methods of moving tools and equipment to work area and minimise potential hazards associated with tools at heights.
- Install safety system in accordance with requirements, Select and install appropriate signs and barricades. Correctly fit, adjust and anchor fall protection and associated equipment
- Make appropriate arrangements to install required equipment.
- Use recommended methods to access work area for people, tools and equipment.
- Place tools and materials to eliminate or minimise the risk of items being knock.
- Check access from ground to work area to ensure it is safe and in accordance with requirement Keep. Fall equipment in place and adjusted appropriately to all for movement during work
- Undertake manual handling of materials and equipment in accordance with requirements.
- Locate materials and equipment ensuring that they are safely secured and distributed.
- Check safety system periodically for compliance with requirements and procedures.
- Monitor risk control measures to ensure that they are effective and appropriate to the task and work environment.
- Reassess risk control measures, as required, in accordance with changed work practices and/or site conditions and undertake alterations. Dismantle safety system in accordance with sequence and remove from worksite, Clear work area and dispose of or recycle materials, Clean, check, maintain and store tools and equipment.
Working at Heights courses can be held at Ag Training training centre in Toowoomba or at your work site depending on numbers of Participants